Musician Jason Young writes, sings and plays all the instruments on his solo project Heartour, which recently released its fourth album “Submarine Sounds” featuring tracks like “Yaaay!,” “Someday” and “Good Thing.” He is also the drummer of popular Los Angeles rock band The Ruse, which is currently in the studio finishing up a new EP due out later this year. Jason enjoys travel and has a passion for whiskey and all libations from Kentucky bourbon to smoky scotch. As a musician traveling far and wide, Jason has toured this great country many times over.
My favorite place in the U.S. is…New York City. From the museums, restaurants, the late night life and being able to walk everywhere, no other place has the kind of energy that New York does. I am admittedly a little biased though because I lived there for 4 years and most of my family and people I grew up with live in and around Manhattan.
For past few years it seems like the first thing I usually do is…to load in and soundcheck for a show at the Mercury Lounge. It’s always a great time and the sound is the best around.
Everyone should visit…Austin, Texas at least once. Austin has the best BBQ on the planet. Combine that with the live music scene and seemingly endless options for drinking make it a great place to spend a weekend.
Chicago was a pleasant surprise…I had no idea what to expect but after a handful of trips there, I can say without a doubt it is one of my favorite cities to visit in the U.S. The people are so friendly and the architecture is amazing. That said I would not recommend going there in the winter!
My favorite restaurant to eat at in the U.S. is…Rudy’s BBQ. It’s a gas station and a BBQ chain that has a kind of Disney-does-Texas feel to it. Brisket and pickles on white bread with the famous Rudy’s sauce really does it for me. Although there are only a few locations outside of the Lone Star state, I always seek them out. I remember one time the band was driving through Amarillo and I called ahead to place an order. They were nice enough to stay open about a half hour after closing so I could get my fix.
The best place to find vegan food that even meat eaters like me can appreciate is…Native Foods in Los Angeles. When I’m at home I go there almost every week.
Some not so obvious places I really like are…Athens, Georgia and Ashville, North Carolina. It’s kind of hard to put a finger on why, but some towns just feel good.
I think that…truck stops are…a big part of the American experience. When I’m on tour they all seem to blur together and half the time I have no idea where I am. Am I on Mars or is this Arkansas? Often times I have the feeling that I have stopped at this exact gas station before, but there is a real sameness to a lot of them, so it’s kind of like the Twilight Zone.